The Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine claims to have received detailed technical documentation about the Crimean bridge. “Detailed technical documentation of the Crimean bridge has been received,” the ministry said in a statement.
GUR also published a 242-page electronic presentation entitled “Construction of a transport passage through the Kerch Strait”. According to the assurances of special services, the materials contain “detailed information about the terrain, road surface, bridge supports, anti-landslide structures, entrances and exits and the entire infrastructure of the complex.”
“If the opportunity comes”
Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly talked about the possibility of an attack on the Crimean bridge. At the end of April, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov declarationKyiv is considering the possibility of an attack on the Crimean bridge, but “could not do it yet”. If such an opportunity arises, they will definitely use it.”
In May, Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Viktor Andrusov, also noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not have the opportunity to strike the bridge, since their position was too far from the coast of the Sea of \u200b\u200bAzov.
The day before, Major General of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (APU) Dmitry Marchenko described the bridge as the number one target for attacks by Ukrainian forces. According to him, the choice of an object for possible strikes is due to the fact that the bridge is “a way to pull up reserves.”
“This is not a secret for their army or our army. Neither for their civilians nor for our civilians. “This will be the number one target to beat,” he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded by saying that all threats from Ukraine to the Crimean bridge were “taken into account” but such plans would fail. “You know, we still have a responsible army and all these threats are being taken into account, there is no smoke without fire, and I believe all these plans will fail completely,” the diplomat said.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, statedThis is not the first time that the Ukrainian side is threatening to blow up the Crimean bridge.
“The security of Crimea is now guaranteed by the preventive and additional measures taken by our army. As for the Ukrainian military and politicians talking about our bridge, this is not the first time. “Of course, we are aware of such threats and we take them into account,” he said.
Deputy of the State Duma of Crimea Mikhail Sheremet named The threat of suicide to destroy the Crimean bridge, protected by modern air defense systems.
“Otherwise, lightning retaliation will follow after their attempts and plans. Decision-making centers, including Kyiv, will be destroyed. “We also warn Western countries of the possible consequences if they decide to supply Ukraine with the requested weapons,” the Russian parliamentarian said.
Kyiv against the bridge
The Crimean bridge connects Kerch and Taman Peninsulas via Tuzla island and Tuzla Spit. In fact, these are two bridges – road and rail, which run in parallel. The facility was put into operation in 2019.
Ukraine has included allegations of the bridge’s construction in its lawsuit against Russia for violating the most recent UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. In addition, the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office launched a series of criminal cases on the construction of the bridge and the organization of rail transport along the bridge.
The opening of the bridge on the grounds that it would “contribute to the further militarization of Crimea” was also condemned by the UN General Assembly. The USA and the EU imposed sanctions on companies involved in the construction.